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 San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell and Mayor Ed Lee are backing a new set of tighter regulations on short-term rentals and their biggest hosting platforms like Airbnb. After years of avoiding the subject, the city’s legislative body finally legalized short-term stays last fall and put certain controls on them, including requiring the host to register with the city. But even after… Read More

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 The CFO has always served as a sounding board for CEOs — a person behind the curtain helping to make strategic financial decisions to drive the growth of the business. But today, the modern CFO has publicly emerged as not only a financial leader, but also a business leader. She is not just a number cruncher, but also a power player in the C-suite. No longer taking a back seat in… Read More

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 Following reports about the European Union preparing to file formal charges against Google in its ongoing antitrust investigation, Google General Counsel Kent Walker has issued an internal memo to all employees. TechCrunch obtained the memo and it is reproduced in its entirety below. In the letter, the counsel also notes that the EU is likely to open an investigation into its mobile… Read More

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 Shopify has filed an F-1 document, indicating that it will sell shares to the public market. The company indicates in the filing that it will raise $100 million in its IPO. However, that figure is often given by companies as a place holder. Shopify has raised $122 million to date. The company has posted quickly growing revenues, and declining losses in its most recent quarter. Shopify… Read More

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 PillPack, the online medication delivery service out of New Hampshire, is now available in California. This is the 47th state in the U.S. to receive the green light to allow consumers to order prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and vitamins from the startup. There are other prescription medication delivery services out there that already deliver prescription medication to the state. Read More

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 Words matter. The way you describe something is not only a reflection of reality, but it also tells you a lot about who is doing the describing and what they value. Poets know this. Copywriters know this. And great marketers know this. But this is a strange time for marketers. The industry is in the midst of a shift in the balance of power from companies to consumers, yet the language and,… Read More

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 Intel reported its first-quarter financial performance today following the bell, including revenue of $12.8 billion, and per-share profit of $0.41. The street had expected $12.9 billion in revenue, and $0.41 in per-share profit. Intel is up around 3 percent in after-hours trading. The company expects to generate $13.2 billion in the second quarter leading to a gross margin of 62 percent and a… Read More

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 Nokia confirmed today it was in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent and the underlying reason just might be the latter’s 5G patent stash. When I was at Mobile World Congress last month, there were several hot topics, but near the top of the list was 5G, that slippery notion of super fast mobile networks. Looking For 5G Nobody has actually built a 5G network yet, but there is a lot of… Read More

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 Apple has acquired LinX, an Israeli camera tech company whose most recent offerings include multi-aperture camera models which can enable effects like background focus blur, parallax images and 3D picture capture. TechCrunch received the following from Apple, which is a statement the company provides in lieu of confirmation when it has, in fact, acquired a smaller company: Apple buys… Read More

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 SpaceX is going to try to launch its CRS-6 International Space Station resupply mission again today at 4:10 PM ET, after having to scrub the launch yesterday due to adverse weather conditions. Weather today looks mostly favorable, with NASA reporting a “60 percent chance of acceptable conditions” for the target window at the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida. The launch today,… Read More

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 It’s becoming increasingly clear that the cannabis industry will soon become a huge market opportunity for startup entrepreneurs who have the brains and the gumption to navigate a still-murky legal and regulatory environment. And what happens when huge market opportunities open up? Well, venture money is sure to follow. Read More

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 This weekend, Vine debuted a channel dedicated entirely to Coachella, but did so in a very different way. Instead of opening it up to the masses of content about Coachella, they focused on a narrative created by two highly popular Vine users, Devon and Cody. With this playlist, which isn’t the first temporary “channel” the company has created but is the first dedicated to… Read More

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 Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced the $100 million TechHire initiative, a new campaign to work with communities to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs – not just in Silicon Valley but across the country. The plan’s goals to help fill the 500K open tech jobs through non-traditional methods shows promise with long-term benefits for… Read More

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 The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 10, 2015. Scoble returns to The Gang, on the road to Coachella after two months off. Meanwhile, we visit Borthwick’s Betaworks Studio for updates on Instapaper and live streamer UpClose. A good thing too; a Bay Area Comcast outage shuts things down as UpClose… Read More

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 Facebook may be building an app platform for Messenger, but rival Kik had continued its focus on putting the entire web in chat after it upgraded its in-app sidebar browser into a full-blown browser for its messaging app. Read More

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 A few hours after I download the TruBe iOS app I’m standing in my local park under the shade of a spreading oak punching the palms of Alex, the 2013 ICO light welterweight World Kickboxing Champion. He’s not looking scared. Thumbs out, he barks, then dances towards me making me lurch backwards, before smoothly reversing his trajectory while simultaneously urging me to punch faster. Read More

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 Box announced today in a blog post by CEO Aaron Levie, that the company had purchased Verold, makers of 3D viewer technology “With Verold’s technology, we’re extending our world-class content previewing and collaboration platform to interactive 3D content, opening all new-use cases across manufacturing, engineering, consumer products, and media and entertainment,&#8221… Read More

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 SecondMarket, the secondary transaction manager whose involvement in Facebook’s pre-public offering fire sale of shares arguably hurt the social network’s eventual initial offering, is now launching a new product to put more control over secondary sales in the hands of startups. Read More

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 A new mobile application called Snapsolve, launching today, is offering a way for students to receive help with their homework, just by snapping a photo of the problem at hand. However, unlike automated tools like the clever PhotoMath app, for example, Snapsolve connects students with a tutor who then responds directly with customized answers and explanations. The app is the latest… Read More

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 More than a year ago, AOL executives Tim Armstrong and Bob Lord first publicly outlined their plans to unify AOL’s various ad products as a single platform called One. Today that platform is actually launching. The company bills One (or, to use the full name, One by AOL) as the platform where advertisers can optimize their ad campaigns across channels including video, display, and… Read More

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 Apple announced ResearchKit at its special event in March, as an open framework that could be employed by scientists and medical research to gather data for studies. At the time, it showcased some apps built using the framework with select partners, but today, it’s opening ResearchKit up to all medical researchers, doctors, and scientists and the app developers working with them. In a… Read More

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 Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Datazen, a mobile business intelligence and data visualization service. Datazen, which launched about three years ago, allows businesses to create mobile dashboards from data in Microsoft Excel, but also from other cloud and enterprise database sources. To run Datazen, enterprises need to run Windows Server, IIS and .NET behind their firewalls,… Read More

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 Google today announced a new developer program called “Designed For Families” which will allow app publishers to opt into an additional review in order have their apps labeled as being “family-friendly.” The new designation will eventually make its way to Google Play, though the company is not yet revealing the specifics around how this group of apps will be made… Read More

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 Hello Alfred, a startup that taps into existing on-demand services to automate your weekly chores, has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by NEA and Spark Capital, with participation from Sherpa Ventures and CrunchFund. (CrunchFund is backed by TechCrunch-owner AOL, and like TechCrunch, it was founded by Michael Arrington). This follows a $2 million seed round led… Read More

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 Periscope and Meerkat have a lot in common. They’re both livestreaming platforms. They’re both integrated with Twitter in some fashion. They both launched in the past couple months. And last but certainly not least, they’ll both be making an appearance at Disrupt NY in May. We’re incredibly pleased to announce that Periscope founder Kayvon Beykpour will join us for… Read More

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